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Texas RN Programs

Texas RN Programs

Texas RN programs are a great opportunity to begin a challenging and rewarding career. All patients are different, so registered nurses encounter new situations every day, and never have to worry about becoming bored. In addition, nursing offers a stable career in the growing healthcare industry. There are many different RN programs to choose from in Texas, so it is possible to find a program to fit individual preferences.

Becoming Licensed by Examination in Texas

In Texas, the first step in becoming an RN is to successfully complete an approved nursing program. If the individual has not yet passed a licensing exam, he or she can become licensed by examination by submitting the correct application and passing the NCLEX. There is a $200 registration fee.

Along with the licensure application, individuals must submit either a Livescan Fingerprinting or an FBI fingerprint card along with a criminal background check. The former is required of Texas residents and the latter for those who reside outside of Texas.

Individuals from a foreign country can become licensed upon completion of a criminal background check, passing of an English Proficiency exam, a Credential Evaluation Service (CES) Full Education course-by-course report, and proof of working as a nurse for at least 2 years or 24 months following graduation. If the individual has not worked as a nurse for 2 years out of the past 4, a refresher course is required. In addition, he or she must register for the NCLEX and pay the $200 fee.

Becoming Licensed by Endorsement in Texas

Individuals who are licensed in another jurisdiction can become licensed by endorsement in Texas so long as they have completed an approved education program. One must submit the application for licensure by endorsement, along with Verification of Licensure. Texas is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact.

Renewing an RN License

Texas RNs must renew licenses every 2 years. 20 hours of continuing education are required for renewal.

Additional Resources

On-Campus & Online RN Schools

The Best RN Schools in Texas

By offering the most complete directory of nursing schools, helps Texas residents find the best local RN programs, as well as the best online RN schools whose accreditation is accepted by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Why Online RN Classes?

Being a registered nurse is a great career. But many working adults who want to become an registered nurse have an extremely busy schedule - balancing a full-time job, family commitments and other personal responsibilities. The traditional classroom setting offered by most local nursing schools doesn't offer the same flexibility as taking their RN classes online.

Online nursing programs allow each student to fit their education into his or her already busy schedule. Online students can participate in discussion forums and take exams when it's convenient for them. RN nursing students can access their virtual classroom 24 hours per day / seven days per week.

Also, taking RN courses online saves students even more time, as online students don't need to commute to school. Online schools enable busy people to get an RN degree, without interfering with their current professional and personal life.

Texas RN Resources on

Texas Board of Nurse Examiners
333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 305-7400
Fax: (512) 305-7401

Texas Nurses Association

Other TX Schools with RN Programs

Alvin Community College
3110 Mustang Rd.
Alvin, Texas 77511
Amarillo College
24th and Jackson
Amarillo, Texas 79109
Angelina College - Lufkin
3500 South First St.
Lufkin, Texas 75904
Angelo State University
2601 W. Avenue N
San Angelo, Texas 76909
Austin Community College
3401 Webberville Road
Austin, Texas 78702
Baptist Health System - Institute of Health Education
7930 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78229
Baylor University
1311 S 5th St Waco
Dallas, Texas 76798
Blinn College
2423 Blinn Blvd.
Bryan, Texas 77805
Brazosport Community College
500 College Drive Lake
Lake Jackson, Texas 77566
Brookhaven College
3939 Valley View Lane
Farmers Branch, Texas 75244
Central Texas College
6200 West Central Texas Expwy
Killeen, Texas 76549
Cisco Junior College
717 E. Industrial Blvd
Abilene, Texas 79602
College of the Mainland
1200 Amburn Road
Texas City, Texas 77591
Collin County Community College
2200 W. University Drive
Mckinney, Texas 75071
Concord Career Institute
600 East Lamar Blvd.
Arlington, Texas 76011
Covenant Medical Center
2002 W Loop 289 # 120
Lubbock, Texas 79407
Del Mar College
101 Baldwin Blvd.
Corpus Christi, Texas 78404
East Texas Baptist University
One Tiger Drive
Marshall, Texas 75670
El Centro College
801 Main St.
Dallas, Texas 75202
El Paso Community College
10700 Gateway East
El Paso, Texas 79927
Galveston College
4015 Ave. Q
Galveston, Texas 77550
Grayson County College
6101 Grayson Drive
Denison, Texas 75020
Hill College
2112 Mayfield Pkwy
Cleburne, Texas 76033
Houston Baptist University
7502 Fondren Rd.
Houston, Texas 77074
Houston Community College
1900 Pressler Street Ste. 344
Houston, Texas 77030
Howard College
1001 Birdwell Lane
Big Spring, Texas 79720
Kilgore College
1100 Broadway
Kilgore, Texas 75662
Lamar State College
1500 Procter Street
Port Arthur, Texas 77640
Lamar State College-Orange
410 Front Street
Orange, Texas 77630
Lamar University
4400 MLK Blvd.
Beaumont, Texas 77710